Research Commons Faculty Forum

Data Driven: Expanding Access to Social Research with ICPSR (Feb. 14, 2018)

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an international leader in social science data access, curation, and methods analysis. As part of an ICPSR member institution, researchers at Ohio State University have access to a wealth of data sets, publications, data curation and preservation services, and educational resources. In this Faculty Forum, faculty from Political Science and History will discuss their experiences using ICPSR to find and deposit data, and in participating in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Faculty from the University Libraries will give an overview of how attendees can get started finding and depositing data with ICPSR. This session will be of interest to faculty and students who use social science data in their research.

Presenters include:

  • Janet Box-Steffensmeier (Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science; Director, Program in Statistics & Methodology; Divisional Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Hilary Bussell (Social Sciences Librarian, University Libraries)
  • Skyler Cranmer (Carter Phillips and Sue Henry Associate Professor of Political Science; Director, Network Interdependence in Social Systems (NISS) Laboratory)
  • Randolph Roth (Professor of History and Sociology)
Reading Like a Victorian (Mar. 7, 2018)

Reading Like a Victorian radically simplifies the work of studying Victorian serial novels. The site allows scholars, teachers, and the public to read 19th-century British novels synchronically—that is, to read installments of novels by the likes of Gaskell, Eliot, and Dickens in their original serial moments and their historical and cultural contexts. The site is conceived as a tool for research and pedagogy as well as for use by the novel-reading public. Professor Warhol and her collaborator, Ph.D. student Colleen Morrissey, have presented on the project at international conferences in various locations within the U.S., Germany, Belgium, the U.K., and Israel. On behalf of the project, Morrissey will discuss Reading Like a Victorian’s development since 2015 and plans for its future. 

Speaker Bios:

Colleen Morrissey is a PhD candidate in English literature at the Ohio State University. Her dissertation re-conceptualizes the female-authored Victorian novel by grounding characterization in the gendered meaning of bodily and mental pain. Her article on Marie Corelli’s heretical revision of the Miltonian Satan is forthcoming in a scholarly collection on fin-de-siecle British women writers. As a creative writer, she was awarded an O. Henry Prize in 2014 and has been a Best American Short Stories Notable.

Robyn Warhol is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Chair of English at the Ohio State University.  A feminist narratologist and specialist in Victorian novels and television serials, she has most recently published Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions (OSU Press, 2015), co-edited with Susan S. Lanser and Love Among the Archives: Writing the Lives of Sir George Scharf, Victorian Bachelor (Edinburgh UP, 2015)co-authored with Helena Michie.  Both books received international honors. Her current project is “Reading like a Victorian,” a website facilitating synchronic reading of 19th-century British serial novels, at victorianserialnovels.org.

Workshops and Presentations

Grants for Graduate Students: How to Successfully Apply for a CGS Grant (Jan. 19, 2018)

Are you a graduate student interested in research, conference travel, and professional development grants available to you through the Council of Graduate Students (CGS)? Want to know how to push your CGS grant application over the top? Join us to learn the ins and outs of applying for the Global Gateway Grant, Ray Travel Award, Career Development Grant, and Hayes Research Forum. 

Introduction to Data Visualization (Jan. 24, 2018)

Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered.

In this presentation, participants will:

  • Be introduced to what data visualization is and why it is both an important and relevant skill to learn.
  • Learn more about the types of data visualizations available to choose from and reasons for using specific types of visualizations.
  • Explore some of the tools used to create data visualizations in a variety of fields.
  • Find out what the Ohio State Libraries has to offer in terms of data visualization support.
Global Gateway Grant Symposium (Jan. 25, 2018)

Are you a graduate student interested in research conducted abroad by fellow graduate students? Join us to learn about fellow graduate students’ research, their experiences abroad, and the relationships built during their research. This symposium will utilize PechaKucha formatting which allows for 20 images with 20 seconds of background information by each student to help paint a picture of the significant international presence of each Global Gateway Grant awardee. 

The Global Gateway Graduate Student Research Abroad Grant encourages and promotes the professional and academic development of graduate researchers at The Ohio State University by providing financial support for students to undertake research abroad. In return, students will assist the University in pursuing its strategic international goals by creating and bolstering relations with universities and other institutions across the world. In its sixth year, this grant is being provided through a partnership between the Global Gateways and The Ohio State University Graduate School.

Finding Funding: SPIN (Jan. 30, 2018)

Want to learn strategies for finding funding opportunities and creating custom funding alerts relevant to your research? Join Jeff Agnoli and Ethan Barnhardt of the Office of Research for this interactive workshop, where you will learn more about using the SPIN funding opportunities database and accessing other funding and grant writing resources available to researchers at Ohio State.

Data Management Basics (Jan. 30, 2018)

Tired of searching for lost files? Worried the spreadsheet you are editing is not the most recent version of your data? Looking for a better way to keep track of your methods and results? Join Sharon SadvariData Services Specialist for Outreach and Education, to learn more about creating a file naming system, tracking versions, and maintaining meaningful metadata for your research projects. 

IRB Overview for Graduate Students (Jan. 31, 2018)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop for graduate students on how to navigate the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. The session will focus on the following key topics:

  • Understanding why we have an IRB process
  • Exploring types of research and levels of review
  • Tips for successful application completion
  • Finding out where to go for help
Industry Engagement 101: Collaborating with Commercial Enterprises (Feb. 1, 2018) 

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry; including increased competition for redirected and/or declining governmental research investments and the creation of products and markets that require a workforce with new skills. As University researchers navigate these dynamics it is important to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and taking a holistic approach to finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. Strategic partnerships in this domain merge the discovery-driven culture of the university with the innovation-driven environment of the company. But to make the chemistry work, each side must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. This workshop, led by staff from the Industry Liaison Office, addresses the challenge of bridging the industry-university divide by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.

Citation Management Basics: Zotero (Feb. 6, 2018)

Are you interested in using citation management software for your next writing project but not sure where to start? Want to learn more about how citation management software can make your life easier when it comes to collecting, organizing, and citing published works? Join Nick Wilkenson for an overview of Citation Management Software tools, and specifics on how you can use Zotero to organize your references, create bibliographies, and more as you prepare your next paper or publication.

Research and Bibliometric Assessment (Feb. 7, 2018)

A variety of tools and methods exist for individual researchers and institutions to analyze research productivity, outputs, and impact. One such tool is InCites, provided courtesy of support from the Office of Research, Industry Liaison Office, and accessible through the University Libraries’ catalog . Throughout the day, there will be three sessions offered under the theme of Research and Bibliometric Assessment, including a broader overview of citation tracking and research metrics and two sessions exploring various functions of the InCites platform. Participants are encouraged to register for any of the three sessions that they find of interest.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet for hands-on participation. First-time users are also encouraged to register for a free InCites account prior to the event, and short instructions for doing so are available here: InCites – Signing In.

Session 1: Using InCites for Institutional Research
InCites functions to be covered in this session include:

– Institutional benchmarking
– Departmental comparisons
– Change in research performance in a field over time
– Funding agencies supporting work in a particular field
– Collaboration tools and analyses

Session 2: Citation Tracking and Research Metrics 
Learn how to track citations to your work and gather research metrics such as h-index, journal impact factors, and alternative metrics. This hands-on workshop will center on tools such as Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, Scopus, Google Scholar, and altmetric information available from Altmetric and PlumX. This session will be led by Nancy Courtney, Research Impact Librarian.

Session 3: Using InCites for the Individual Researcher
InCites functions to be covered in this session include:

– Article level metrics for faculty research
– Identifying journals in which researchers are cited the most
– Collaboration tools and analyses
– Funding agencies supporting work in a particular field

Introduction to Excel for Data Visualization (Feb. 8, 2018)

Microsoft Excel is a basic, but powerful spreadsheet program that is often used as the starting point for data visualization because of its ease of use. Using data in a table format allows for an organized way of entering your data, cleaning, processing, and analyzing it, and even visualizing it. While there may be other, more specialized data analysis and statistical tools out there, Excel provides a basic foundation for visualizing data that then can be refined and tweaked in programs such as Adobe Illustrator or simply imported into more visualization-focused tools like Tableau. 

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the interface of Excel and the power of spreadsheets for the organization and manipulation of data.
  • Explore the variety of data visualizations that you can do with Excel’s graphical tools (bar charts, line graphs, pie charts, scatter plots, and others).
  • Customize your visualization with the appropriate legend, labels, title, colors, and other adjustments.
Analyzing Text (Feb. 13, 2018)

Humanities scholars continue to make significant discoveries using a variety of text analysis methods and tools. Digital Humanities Librarian Leigh Bondswill review some of those discoveries and the methods and tools used to make them. She will also guide participants through using the open source Voyant Tools to analyze their selected text. Participants are encouraged to bring a link to an online text or a text in a Word, pdf, or plain text format.

GIS for Research II: Essential Skills for GIS Data Management and Visualization (Feb. 16, 2018)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly recognized by researchers across a wide range of disciplines for their use in answering questions, solving problems, and making decisions. Despite the powerful tools and potential benefits associated with GIS, researchers often perceive barriers to entry when it comes to learning new skills in this area, similar to challenges encountered when trying to learn any new software or technology. The aim of this workshop is to lower those barriers for researchers new to GIS by focusing on some of the most common tasks and essential skills for getting started with GIS data management and visualization. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain hands-on experience using ArcGIS Desktop, the industry-leading GIS software
  • Learn best practices for describing, preparing, organizing, and managing their GIS data
  • Perform fundamental GIS tasks including acquiring data, projecting data, joining data, and creating map layouts for visualization
Creating Data Management Plans with the DMPTool (Feb. 21, 2018)

Many funding agencies now require the submission of a data management plan along with a researcher’s grant proposal. In this session, we will discuss the information that researchers should be including in their data management plans. Participants will also learn strategies for creating data management plans with the online DMPTool, which walks researchers through a funding agency’s specific requirements and expectations. Join Sharon Sadvari, Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education, for this hands-on workshop.

Introduction to Illustrator for Data Visualization (Feb. 22, 2018)

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector program used in many industries including graphic design and data visualization. While Excel offers a great starting point for data visualization, you can really make a lot more graphical customization to your visualization through Illustrator. Illustrator may look daunting at first, but it will allow you to create visualizations that really stand out from the cookie cutter templates, and look exactly how you want them to look, without being constrained to the particular aesthetics of other programs like Excel. 

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the interface of Adobe Illustrator and the kinds of tools and various capabilities it offers you in terms of data visualization.
  • Explore Illustrator’s own data import to visualization tools, as well as directly tweaking Excel visualizations within Illustrator.
  • Customize your visualizations with labels, titles, captions, colors, and other adjustments.
  • Learn how to adjust your visualization to whatever dimensions you want or are required for publication, and export to a variety of formats including jpeg, png, and pdf.
OSU Open Access Monograph Initiative (Feb. 27, 2018)

The Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL) is funding Open Access scholarly monographs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. OSUL has committed to funding three awards a year for five years. Awards of up to $15,000 will be provided as subventions to participating university presses. Our next deadline for expressions of interest is March 23, 2018. To learn more about this initiative and how to submit a proposal, please attend this information session.

Grant Writing: An Introduction (Feb. 28, 2018)

Join us for this interactive workshop on grant writing. We will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include best practices for seeking funding, including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources, and examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear.

Presenters include: 

Leanda Rix, Executive Director, Foundation Relations
Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research
Sharon Sadvari, Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education

Industry Engagement 101: Collaborating with Commercial Enterprises (Mar. 1, 2018)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry; including increased competition for redirected and/or declining governmental research investments and the creation of products and markets that require a workforce with new skills. As University researchers navigate these dynamics it is important to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and taking a holistic approach to finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. Strategic partnerships in this domain merge the discovery-driven culture of the university with the innovation-driven environment of the company. But to make the chemistry work, each side must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. This workshop, led by staff from the Industry Liaison Office, addresses the challenge of bridging the industry-university divide by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.

Fair Use in Research and Education (Mar. 1, 2018)

Do you use materials from third party sources in your teaching or research publication? Have you heard that all educational use is fair use but have some concerns about whether this is accurate? How can you evaluate whether something may qualify as fair use or determine if you need to seek permission? Join Copyright Services during Fair Use Week to learn how to use copyrighted materials confidently and legally in your research publications and teaching. 

Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization (Mar. 6, 2018)

Tableau is a data visualization program that offers both quick and flexible methods of visualizing your data in a variety of ways, including through interactive dashboards. Offering methods to use data visualization in both exploratory and explanatory ways, Tableau combines ease of use and powerful options for engaging your audience.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the interface of Tableau and how to import and connect data to Tableau itself.
  • Explore how to quickly visualize data with different chart types and through dashboards.
  • Touch upon some of the mapping and location capabilities of Tableau.
Buck-IRB Initial Submissions (Mar. 7, 2018)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on the Buck-IRB initial submission application. The workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of the Buck-IRB system and how to navigate through the Ohio State IRB initial application (not external or exempt)
  • Identify documents that typically accompany a complete application
  • Discuss common pitfalls and tips for successful submission
  • Focus on application sections specific to behavioral research
GIS for Research II: Essential Skills for GIS Data Management and Visualization (Mar. 8, 2018)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly recognized by researchers across a wide range of disciplines for their use in answering questions, solving problems, and making decisions. Despite the powerful tools and potential benefits associated with GIS, researchers often perceive barriers to entry when it comes to learning new skills in this area, similar to challenges encountered when trying to learn any new software or technology. The aim of this workshop is to lower those barriers for researchers new to GIS by focusing on some of the most common tasks and essential skills for getting started with GIS data management and visualization. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain hands-on experience using ArcGIS Desktop, the industry-leading GIS software
  • Learn best practices for describing, preparing, organizing, and managing their GIS data
  • Perform fundamental GIS tasks including acquiring data, projecting data, joining data, and creating map layouts for visualization
Introduction to Research Computing at Ohio Supercomputer Center (Mar. 15, 2018)

Both those interested in learning about Ohio Supercomputer Center services and those who want to use their allocations more efficiently are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about performing your computational research on our systems. Topics for this workshop include:

  • High performance computing concepts
  • Hardware and software available at OSC
  • Getting allocations and accounts
  • How to connect and log in
  • How to move data on and off the systems
  • Introduction to batch processing
  • Storage and file systems
Introduction to Excel for Data Visualization (Mar. 21, 2018)

Microsoft Excel is a basic, but powerful spreadsheet program that is often used as the starting point for data visualization because of its ease of use. Using data in a table format allows for an organized way of entering your data, cleaning, processing, and analyzing it, and even visualizing it. While there may be other, more specialized data analysis and statistical tools out there, Excel provides a basic foundation for visualizing data that then can be refined and tweaked in programs such as Adobe Illustrator or simply imported into more visualization-focused tools like Tableau. 

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the interface of Excel and the power of spreadsheets for the organization and manipulation of data.
  • Explore the variety of data visualizations that you can do with Excel’s graphical tools (bar charts, line graphs, pie charts, scatter plots, and others).
  • Customize your visualization with the appropriate legend, labels, title, colors, and other adjustments.
Publishing Multimedia Projects with Scalar (Mar. 22, 2018)

Scalar is an open source scholarly publishing platform that allows users to integrate images, audio, and video with their text. In addition, it gives users control of the structure of their project, providing options for nested, recursive, and non-linear formats. In this workshop, Harmony Bench (Associate Professor of Dance History and Theory) will introduce the platform, discuss its capabilities and limitations, and guide participants through getting started with their own project. 

Publishing: Understanding and Negotiating the Terms of Your Agreement (Mar. 27, 2018)

Join University Libraries’ Copyright Services for a workshop on strategies and considerations for negotiating terms of your publishing agreement. We will discuss common phrases found in scholarly journal publishing agreements, the implication of those terms for future scholarship and research, and tactics for retaining the rights that are important to you. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice negotiating terms using a sample agreement. 

Increasing the Visibility of Your Research (Mar. 28, 2018)

This workshop will discuss strategies and outlets for making your research more visible, including open access, scholarly profiles, social media, and The Conversation. 

Presenters include:

  • Nancy Courtney, Research Impact Librarian, University Libraries
  • Jeff Grabmeier, Senior Director, Research Communications
Zotero Advanced: Features for Literature Reviews and Citation Management (Mar. 29, 2018)

Are you writing a literature review and looking for ways to keep your citations and notes organized? Or a Zotero user interested in learning about some of its advanced features? Join Hilary Bussell for this workshop, where you’ll learn how Zotero can help with your literature review. Topics will include:

  • Organizing citations with collections, tags, and related items
  • Using the plugin Zotfile to extract highlights and annotations from PDFs to your Zotero library
  • Using Zotfile to automatically attach or rename PDFs to Zotero items
  • Choosing the best method for adding citations to your literature review from your Zotero library
Grants for Graduate Students: How to Successfully Apply for a CGS Grant (Mar. 30, 2018)

Are you a graduate student interested in research, conference travel, and professional development grants available to you through the Council of Graduate Students (CGS)? Want to know how to push your CGS grant application over the top? Join us to learn the ins and outs of applying for the Global Gateway Grant, Ray Travel Award, Career Development Grant, and Hayes Research Forum.

Corporate Research Engagement 101 (Apr. 2, 2018)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry; including increased competition for redirected and/or declining governmental research investments and the creation of products and markets that require a workforce with new skills. As University researchers navigate these dynamics it is important to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and taking a holistic approach to finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. Strategic partnerships in this domain merge the discovery-driven culture of the university with the innovation-driven environment of the company. But to make the chemistry work, each side must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. This workshop, led by staff from the Industry Liaison Office, addresses the challenge of bridging the industry-university divide by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.

Introduction to Illustrator for Data Visualization (Apr. 4, 2018)

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector program used in many industries including graphic design and data visualization. While Excel offers a great starting point for data visualization, you can really make a lot more graphical customization to your visualization through Illustrator. Illustrator may look daunting at first, but it will allow you to create visualizations that really stand out from the cookie cutter templates, and look exactly how you want them to look, without being constrained to the particular aesthetics of other programs like Excel. 

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the interface of Adobe Illustrator and the kinds of tools and various capabilities it offers you in terms of data visualization.
  • Explore Illustrator’s own data import to visualization tools, as well as directly tweaking Excel visualizations within Illustrator.
  • Customize your visualizations with labels, titles, captions, colors, and other adjustments.
  • Learn how to adjust your visualization to whatever dimensions you want or are required for publication, and export to a variety of formats including jpeg, png, and pdf.
Amendments and Buck-IRB (Apr. 12, 2018)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering an advanced workshop on amendments to approved human subjects research and the Buck-IRB system. The session will:

  • Describe the amendment process
  • Review relevant HRPP policies and regulations
  • Provide guidance and tips on amendment submission via Buck-IRB
  • Explain how to expedite the amendment screening and review processes
Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization (Apr. 17, 2018)

Tableau is a data visualization program that offers both quick and flexible methods of visualizing your data in a variety of ways, including through interactive dashboards. Offering methods to use data visualization in both exploratory and explanatory ways, Tableau combines ease of use and powerful options for engaging your audience.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the interface of Tableau and how to import and connect data to Tableau itself.
  • Explore how to quickly visualize data with different chart types and through dashboards.
  • Touch upon some of the mapping and location capabilities of Tableau.
Building Digital Archives, Collections, and Exhibits with Omeka and Omeka S (Apr. 18, 2018)

Omeka and Omeka S are open source web publishing platforms for building digital archives, collections, and exhibits. Users have the ability to add image, audio, and video files to their projects and describe the items with structured metadata. In this workshop, Digital Humanities Librarian Leigh Bonds will introduce the platform, discuss its capabilities and limitations, and guide participants through getting started with their own project. Participants are encouraged to sign up for an Omeka trial before the workshop. 

OSU ADVANCE Faculty Lecture Series

Ohio State ADVANCE launches a new faculty research lecture series focusing on the research journey of Ohio State faculty. Each lecture will feature the research of an invited faculty speaker. Speakers will also share their own research journey as a way to highlight both the challenges and successes that are part of the research process.

The mission of Ohio State ADVANCE is to increase the representation, advancement and recruitment of women faculty in the academic STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) careers, and contribute to the development and success of global research leaders.  

Using Light to Jump-Start Reactions: A Journey from Solar Energy Conversion to Medicine and Back (Jan. 24, 2018)

Claudia Turro is the Dow Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio State. She is a leader and pioneer in the areas of inorganic chemistry, photochemistry, and ultrafast spectroscopy. Her work in the design of new molecules that can be activated with light has resulted in important discoveries with impact ranging from medical therapy and diagnostics to sustainable energy and the environment. 

Turro is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society (ACS). She has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Beckman Young Investigator Award and the Inter-American Photochemical Society Award in Photochemistry. She has also been awarded the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, the 2017 Mentor on the Map Award by the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, the Edward W. Morley Medal from the Cleveland Section of the ACS, the Award of the Columbus Section of the ACS and the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Turro received the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award in 2017. She is currently the associate editor for the Journal of the American Chemical 

OSU ADVANCE Faculty Lecture Series – Journey of a Marine Scientist (Feb. 26, 2018)

Professor Grottoli received her BSc. from McGill University (1992), her PhD from the University of Houston (1998) and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California – Irvine (2000).  She and her team are focused on three areas of research: 1- determining what drives resilience in corals in the face of climate change, 2- reconstructing oceanographic conditions in the past based on coral skeletal isotope and trace metal records, and 3- the impact of land-use on the delivery of carbon to small tropical and temperate rivers. Grottoli’s current research is funded by the Division of Oceanography at the National Science Foundation. She established the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory facility in the School of Earth Sciences. Professor Grottoli has won several awards including the F.W. Clarke Award in Geochemistry, and the Mid-Career and the Best Paper Awards from the International Society for Reef Studies. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles in such journals as Nature, Global Change Biology, and Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, and she and her work have been featured on National Public Radio and several websites and newspapers. She is currently a full Professor and Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee in the School of Earth Sciences at the Ohio State University and a Fellow of the International Society for Reef Studies as well as a AAAS Fellow.

Confessions of a Surgeon-Scientist (Mar. 21, 2018)

Dr. Clara Lee is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and health services researcher at The Ohio State University. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Medical Degree from Yale School of Medicine. She completed residency in general surgery at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and residency in plastic surgery at the University of California San Francisco. Her first faculty appointment was at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she had appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Lee’s research is devoted to understanding and improving how patients with cancer make decisions about their surgical treatments. Dr. Lee has expertise in patient-reported outcomes of breast reconstruction and patient decision making about breast cancer treatments. She has developed measures of the quality of decisions about early stage breast cancer treatments and has experience with the design, implementation, and analysis of multi-site studies of newly diagnosed cancer patients and longer-term cancer survivors. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Pelotonia Foundation, the Plastic Surgery Foundation, and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation.

Dr. Lee’s clinical practice consists primarily of oncologic reconstruction and microsurgery for breast cancer, sarcoma, and melanoma. Dr. Lee holds several leadership positions, including Chair of the Association for Academic Surgery Subspecialty Committee, Chair of the Plastic Surgery Foundation Clinical Trials Network Sub-committee, and Director of the Board of the Surgical Outcomes Club. At OSU, she is the Director of Women’s Academic Advancement in the College of Medicine.

The Road to Success is Always Under Construction (Apr. 16, 2018)

Dorota A. Grejner-Brzezinska is the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering and the Lowber B. Strange Endowed Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, and Director of the Satellite Positioning and Inertial Navigation (SPIN) Laboratory at The Ohio State University (OSU). Her research interests cover GPS/GNSS algorithms, GPS/inertial and other sensor integration for navigation in GPS-challenged environments, sensors and algorithms for indoor and personal navigation, mobile mapping. She published over 350 peer reviewed journal and proceedings papers, numerous technical reports and five book chapters on GPS and navigation, and led nearly 60 sponsored research projects with the total budget of over $20mln. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Navigation (ION), Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), and the recipient of the 2016 ION Johannes Kepler Award, 2005 ION Thomas Thurlow Award, and the 2005 and 2015 United States Geospatial Information Foundation (USGIF) Academic Research Award. She served as President of the Institute of Navigation (1/2015-1/2017), and President of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Commission 4, Positioning and applications (2011-2015), and is IAG Fellow.

Science Café Events

Science and Wikipedia: What You Didn’t Know (Feb. 7, 2018)

This presentation is meant to topple some of the more common misconceptions about using and editing Wikipedia. In the process, it will also introduce you to how the Wikipedia community is working to dispel those myths and improve itself by embracing modern technology and getting the community involved. We’ll also highlight some of Wikipedia Connection’s activities in light of those larger project goals. We’ll finish up with some key ways you, as scientists, are in a special position to help improve the world’s largest free encyclopedia.

About the Speaker: Jonathan McMahon, President, OSU Wikipedia Connection

I am a third year student currently studying chemical engineering.

I grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and have been interested in science, computers, and related topics since I was young. I became involved with Wikipedia during my freshman year here at OSU, after having experience with other wiki-style projects in the past.

Discovery in the Congo Waters (Mar. 7, 2018)

Hydrologic research in Africa’s Congo Basin is poised for a renaissance. Over four decades ago, we knew more about the Congo waters than we did about the Amazon. Since then, science in the Amazon has multiplied while the Congo has languished. A group of researchers from the Congo and from around the world are hypothesizing that the Congo River and surrounding Cuvette Centrale swamp do not interact like their Amazon comparable. We are also concerned that global warming has the potential to shift rainfalls, thus perhaps impacting agriculture. We are measuring the amounts of carbon escaping Congo waters into the atmosphere: are these rates greater than those of the Amazon?

Speaker: Doug Alsdorf, Professor, School of Earth Sciences

Doug Alsdorf has been studying the Amazon waters for two decades. Most recently, however, he has turned his attention to the Congo. Using satellite tools, field studies, and the power of the internet to globally connect researchers, Alsdorf and colleagues are building an international research community who are testing research hypotheses related to hydrology, climate, and carbon in the Congo.

Neurological Disease, Alternatives to Care and Exposing Fake News about Cannabanoids (Apr. 4, 2018)

Emily De Los Reyes will speak about neurological diseases and alternatives to care. Kerry Dhakal will speak about tools to identify accurate health information online in general, but particularly focused on cannabinoid use and efficacy for certain neurological diseases.